Friday, October 30, 2009

SPECIAL EVENT: Spring Bridal Ideas Expo Launches The Bride's Diary South Australia 2010 Edition

This weekend the Spring Bridal Ideas Expo will be exclusively launching The Bride's Diary - South Australia 2010 Edition. 

Every bride attending will receive a free copy of The Bride's Diary. It's the most special event you will ever plan, so be inspired by the best at Spring Bridal Ideas! The Bridal Ideas Expo is in its 14th year as Adelaide’s largest bridal expo – being held throughout 2010 and exclusively at Adelaide Showground! Visit the web site to join the Bridal VIP Club to receive news and your invitation with entry price discount. 

When: 
Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November 2009 

Where: Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showground. 

Enquiries: 02 9974 1393 

Email: info@eee.net.au 

Website: www.eee.net.au

FREE copy of The Bride's Diary to brides only attending on the day.

Don't Miss Out - Free Give-Away Closes Today

Don't miss out on your chance to WIN one of five Aussie Mineral Makeup Foundations, valued at $44.95 each. Entries close today! 
To enter, simply describe in 25 words or less why you would like to win an Aussie Mineral Makeup Foundation. Please email your entry to mail@bridesdiary.com.au with 'Competition – Aussie Mineral Makeup' in the subject line. Entries close 30th October 2009. 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Bride's Diary Proposals!


We have created a new section on bridesdiary.com.au so that our members can share their engagement proposal stories. 

Visit The Bride's Diary Proposals to read some truly romantic proposals! 

Should you like your proposal story featured please email the following details to mail@bridesdiary.com.au

- First names of couple
- Date of engagement
- Date of wedding
- Our Proposal - approx 80 words of text
- Image of couple - 1 mb please

Image courtesy: Vivid Photography

Free Give-Away - Alkaline Spa Detox Starter Packs


Alkaline Health Spa and The Bride's Diary are giving you the chance to WIN one of four Alkaline Detox Starter Packs, valued at $153 each.

Kickstart your new Summer look and be one lucky winner to win an Alkaline Detox Starter pack. Each Pack is valued at RRP $153 and contains everything you need to start spring cleaning your body including:

  • EasypH Testing Test your own acid/ balance with this DIY home kit
  • Alkaline Water Increases the intake of oxygen and neutralises the build up of toxins and acids before they are stored in the body
  • $50 Alkaline Health Spa Gift Voucher Treat yourself to a special detox treatment at Sydney’s leading health and detox spa
  • Delicious and nutritious 100% natural Bounce Balls
  • Bodecare Dry Body Brush Detox your body with daily dry body brushing to release toxins, exfoliate dead skin, reduce ingrown hairs, treat cellulite and increase circulation
  • Vital Greens A nutrient and enzyme-rich superfood packed with essential vitamins
  • Vital Health Foods Rooibos Tea A healthy, organic tea that is caffeine-free and packed with anti-oxidants

To enter, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you need to detox for Summer. Please email your entry to mail@bridesdiary.com.au with 'Competition – Alkaline Spa' in the subject line. Entries close 20th November 2009. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gorgeous Green Cakes


Whatever the theme you choose for your wedding, there is sure to be a stunning cake to match your wedding day style! Shown here are a selection of absolutely scrumptious and stylish cakes  to match in with the Garden Green theme we have been featuring this week. 
For more information about any of the cakes shown, simply click on the image.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Shoes in Shades of Glorious Green!


Choosing shoes to match a green themed wedding could be tricky! Ensure the colours and tones match and you'll have no problems. If you have problems find a pair to match you can always find a style you like in white and have them custom dyed to match perfectly.  To avoid a colour overload, try mixing and matching - for example if the bridesmaids dresses are a soft green why not select bold green shoes in a complementary shade, or  for a bright green dress select from the softer end of the colour spectrum. Here we show a range of shoes from the boldest right through to the softest shades!  

Available Now - The Bride's Diary Illawarra & Southern Highlands 2010

The brand new 2010 Illawarra & Southern Highlands edition of The Bride's Diary is available now!

This edition is bigger and better than ever with 392 pages of great wedding ideas including bridal fairs, flowers, rings, video, cakes, beauty, formal hire, photography, decorations, transport, receptions and much more!

Also included is spectacular Real Life Weddings for you to enjoy, detailed features on the Illawarra and Southern Highland's best Wedding Reception Venues, discover your Destination Wedding, Photographers Favourite Wedding Image, plus your chance to WIN a honeymoon to the Cook Islands!

The Bride's Diary Sydney 2010 edition is available in Hardcover from our online store, or in soft cover from newsagents across Sydney. 
Visit our online store at www.bridesdiary.com.au/store

Brisbane’s Andrew Porfyri celebrates major photographic awards


Not only is Andrew Porfyri one of Brisbane’s most successful photographers, he has just taken out three prestigious titles including the 2009 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year; the 2009 AIPPQueensland Professional Photographer of the Year; and the 2009 Recipient of the Mark Gowlett Memorial Award.

While Andrew is better known for his work in the portraiture, weddings, architecture, design and food presentation photographic areas, the shots which won him the AIPP awards are pure art. Stunning moments in time - all shot in New York, all featuring anonymous people and celebrating linear contrast and the human condition.

Andrew is set to showcase these prize-winning images and his own collection in an exhibition on Wednesday October 28 in his studios at Annerley. The exhibition will run through until November 13.

Exhibition Open from October 21 to November 13.

314 Ipswich Road, Annerley 4103

Visit www.porfyri.com.au

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Garden Inspired Jewellery


Going green for your wedding? There is such a range of beautiful jewellery and accessories available that the biggest problem you'll have is deciding which you like best! To help, we have assembled our favourites - showcasing a range of styles and a range of tones. Will you go with rich emerald hues or soft pastel shades? Modern and funky or classically elegant?
For more information on any of the jewllery shown simply click on the image.

Free Give-Away - Cristina RE Wedding Planner CD


Cristina Re and The Bride's Diary are giving you the chance to WIN one of four Cristina Re Wedding Planner CDs, valued at $69.95 each.

The Bride's Diary team love to give our members free give-aways throughout the year. We are always excited when new products are launched and our members are 'in the know'! And like everything we do at The Bride's Diary, we only promote the highest quality products available. So enter today for your chance to win and don't forget to visit often to see what other fabulous products we are giving away.

The stylish Cristina Re Wedding Planner makes it easy to handle all the administrative details of organising a wedding, making planning a special event the pleasure that it should be.

Whether organising a wedding for 30 or 300 guests, the Cristina Re Wedding Planner becomes a bride’s very own personal assistant. The easy to use interactive software allows the opportunity to store and access information when needed, making it perfect for planning all wedding related events and any other special occasions including birthday parties, christenings and more.

Please note this software is compatible with PC Computers only.

      To enter, simply describe in 25 words or less why you would like to win a Cristina Re Wedding Planner CD. Please email your entry to mail@bridesdiary.com.au with 'Competition – Cristina Re Wedding Planner CD' in the subject line. Entries close 6th November 2009. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gorgeous Garden Greens



Spring has definitely sprung and we are feeling inspired! 
Spring is the perfect time for an outdoor garden wedding so capture  the spirit of fresh growth with soft hues of green.
We began with Alannah Rose stationery with a delicate leaf pattern in green to set the garden mood.
Simplicity is the key when selecting the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses. Use jewellery and accessories to tie into your garden green theme - we love the flower ties for bridesmaids dresses show above.
Soft white and cream flowers with an abundance of green foliage are a great option and can be used in the bridal bouquet, boutonnieres and centre-pieces. 
There are so many options you could choose for your cake - you could decorate with fresh flowers to match your bridal bouquet and centre-pieces or choose floral patterns for the icing. We loved the sophisticated soft green cake shown above - the colour is simply perfect for a garden wedding and the style will bring a touch of elegance to your garden wedding!
For more information simply click on the image.

Chef Profile - Peter Lunn

Your reception will play quite a large role in your wedding day, and in turn the food served at your reception will help create the atmosphere and tone of your special event! 
To help you plan for this very important part of your day we will be profiling chefs at  reception venues across Australia - and where better to start than Emporium Hotel Brisbane.
 
Emporium's Head Chef, Peter Lunn is by all accounts quite an amazing guy and has lead an exciting life travelling all over the world to many spiritual places, which has in turn influenced his cooking style. Shown to the left is his exquisite Moroccan Spiced Chicken Breast with Roast Vegetable Cous Cous and Minted Yoghurt Dressing. 

Peter shares his influences with us:
Work: 
What do you do?
Head Chef at the Emporium Hotel, a flagship 5 star boutique hotel in the Valley. It’s a dynamic, multipurpose kitchen, serving the hotel, cocktail bar and catering for corporate events, weddings and seminars.
What do you like about what you do?
The off the wall characters I’ve worked with, the increasing multiculturalism of food, using great ingredients and the way a busy service sorts the wheat from the chaff.
Home:
Where do you live?
In Wavell Heights, with my soon to be in-laws, a cat, fish, metamorphosing tadpoles and a vegetable garden. 
What do you enjoy about that suburb?
It’s a leafy, hilly suburb close enough to bike to the city, with backyards sanctuaries, no big shopping complexes, its like a glimpse of what Brisbane was doing decades ago. Great city views too.
Play:
What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Try to play Indian Classical Music on the sitar.  It’s such a profound form of music and also a wonderful paradoxof relaxation and stimulation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Unveil Your New Summer Body!

Do you feel like you have no time to prepare your body for the beach this Summer? Think again… your ultimate summer body sessions are simple, quick and effective at Alkaline Spa, your one-stop-shop to ensuring your body is fit, firm and fabulous this Summer - inside and out

Just like a power lunch, Alkaline, Sydney’s premier inner city Health Spa has power work-outs, detox treatments and fat reduction treatments that will leave you feeling healthy and confident to hit the beach this Summer. 

For more information on Alkaline Spa's treatments see our full review.

Available Now - The Bride's Diary Sydney 2010


The new 2010 Sydney edition of The Bride's Diary is available now! 
Featuring only the best of Sydney's wedding service providers this is a "must have" magazine if you are to be married in Sydney.
This edition is better than ever with 540 pages of great wedding ideas including bridal fair, flowers, rings, video, cakes, beauty, formal hire, photography, decorations, transport, receptions and more! Also included are spectacular Real Life Weddings for you to enjoy, detailed features on Sydney's best Wedding Reception Venues, stunning colour and styling ideas and your chance to win a honeymoon to Bali!
The Bride's Diary Sydney 2010 edition is available in Hardcover from our online store, or in soft cover from newsagents across Sydney. 
Visit our online store at www.bridesdiary.com.au/store

Monday, October 19, 2009

Black & White Handbags


Worried that floral bouquets may not suit black & white bridesmaids? Why not opt for a clutch in black or white? A fantastic and very modern alternative to flowers, a clutch is also a very practical accessory!
For more information on any of the handbags shown, simply click on the image!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Statement Accessories!


Make a statement with bold accessories in black & white. We have chosen to share with you a range of accessories from the sweet and subtle through to over-the-top and everything in between. There are so many styles to choose from you, you will be sure to find inspiration for your wedding day style!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Black & White Shoes


Stunning shoe inspiration - beautiful black & white pumps perfect for your wedding. Shown here is a selection of our favourite black & white shoes from quirky to classic.
For more information on any of the shoes shown here, simply click on the image.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Beautiful Black & White Theme


Black & White is a classic combination that will make for a stunning wedding. 
We have created a Black & White theme based on delicate lace and art deco accessories. We began with a wedding gown embellished with just a hint of black lace on the bodice. Coordinating bridesmaids in black dresses with white lace will make for a stunning bridal party. Accessorise with an art deco brooch for the finishing touch - you could even wrap the stems of your bridal bouquet with ribbon and secure with a beautiful brooch: we love Fletcher & Grace for stunning art deco inspired jewellery!
Lace can also be carried through into your stationary - we love the black lace stationary range by Cristina Re.
Adorn your reception tables with votive candles decorated with both lace and jewels. And for bomboniere why not choose an over-size diamond bottle-stopper - cute and classic. The finishing touch for your reception will be your wedding cake - a classic white cake with gorgeous black bows!
For more information on any of the products shown simply click on the image!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Real Life Wedding - Laura & Scott

We fell in love with this  sophisticated Sydney wedding, and we know you will too! Filled with vibrancy and freshness, this wedding combines tradition with stunning style. 
Photographer Wyatt Song from Moments In Time Creations has truly captured the essence of the occasion and the beautiful detailing, as well as the gorgeous couple - Laura & Scott! Laura shares her ‘Bride’s Diary’ with us!


On the morning of our wedding I awoke at 6:00am. I enjoyed some time on my own before my family and bridal party awoke, whereupon the house became a hive of activity. The hair stylists and makeup artist were very efficient, finishing with plenty of time for us to dress. 


While walking down the aisle I could not stop smiling. Scott and I really enjoyed the ceremony during which we exchanged traditional vows.

Following the ceremony we went to Bradley’s Head at Mosman for photos, travelling in a white vintage Jaguar convertible. We then continued on to Taronga Zoo for photos inside the grounds prior to our reception.


Our photographer Wyatt Song of Moments in Time, was extremely passionate and energetic, determined not to miss any photographic opportunities. He was able to capture the many emotions experienced throughout the day, especially the excitement and happiness we shared.

Our wedding was the most amazing day of our lives. Having the people we cared for the most all celebrating with us was an indescribable feeling.


Wedding Celebration Team

Photography Wyatt Song 02 9713 6219 www.momentsintime.com.au 
Ceremony Venue All Saints Anglican Church, Woollahra 02 9363 1504 
Reception VenueTaronga Centre 02 9969 2400 www.tarongacentre.com.au 
Bridal GownBridal Secrets 02 9635 3311  www.bridalsecrets.com.au 
Bridal ShoesAmore Bridal Shoes 02 9723 3233 www.amorebridalshoes.com.au 
Bridesmaids' Gowns Novita Fashion Chatswood 02 9419 5106 
Make-up Gloss Hair and Makeup www.glosshairandmakeup.com.au 
Florist Brides in Bloom 02 9564 3540 www.bridesinbloom.com.au 
Cake Marrickville Quality Cakes 02 9569 5078 
Invitations The Bomboniere Factory www.bombonierefactory.com.au 
Entertainment Kami 02 9750 5182 www.kami.net.au 
Transport Able Classic Wedding Cars www.ableclassicweddingcars.com 
Videography Abraham Joffe 02 9264 6698 www.abrahamjoffe.com.au 
M.C. Patrick Short DJ/MC 0412 922 203 
Honeymoon Iririki Island Resort Vanuatu www.iririki.com 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fashion for Getting Fit!

Need to get fit for your wedding or honeymoon? Or just preparing for the upcoming swimsuit season? We have found a fantastic range of sportswear to help you get into shape.

Brasilfit’s Summer range has something for every sports fanatic – with product perfect for tennis, yoga, jogging, aerobics, dance ...you name it!

Made in Brazil using technologically advanced fabrications with a focus on comfort, durability and flattering fits/designs, Brasilfit will have you not only looking but feeling the part!

For more information and stockists visit www.brasilfit.com 

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tropical Honeymoon Bikinis

Preparing for a tropical honeymoon? We have found the perfect range of swimwear for island hopping and relaxing poolside in style on your honeymoon!

The gorgeous range of bikinis by Bond-Eye Australia feature a tropical dream of vibrant colours, luscious prints and stunning styles.

For more information visit www.bond-eye.com.au

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Stunning Purple Accessories


Express your wedding theme with your accessories. We have gathered here some of our favourite purple accessories, from  elegantly simple to  over-the-top statement pieces. 
For more information on any of the accessories shown simply click on the polyvore.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Free Give-Away - Aussie Mineral Makeup Foundation

Check out our Free Give-Aways for your chance to win one of five Aussie Mineral Makeup Foundations, valued at $44.95.

The Bride's Diary team love to give our members free give-aways throughout the year. We are always excited when new products are launched and our members are 'in the know'! And like everything we do at The Bride's Diary, we only promote the highest quality products available. We especially like natural products that help to protect you, and the environment! So enter today for your chance to win and don't forget to visit often to see what other fabulous products we are giving away.
The Aussie Mineral Makeup range was developed by Natural Therapist, Aromatherapist and Beauty Therapist, Marilyn Bakes. All products contain only the purest, cosmetic-grade minerals available, providing wonderful coverage and also helping to soothe irritated skin. Aussie Mineral Makeup is also Cruelty-Free Certified.

For more information on this fantastic range see our review.
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